Easy DIY Open Shelving

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$75
4 Hours
Easy

Here's a quick tutorial for how I added open shelves above the toilet in my bathroom. It's a much better look than the ugly cabinet that was there before, and it's super functional too. This project is incredibly simple and can easily be completed in an afternoon! If you love this project, you can find more easy and affordable DIY ideas on my blog , Love & Renovations.

Here's a look at my bathroom before - pretty standard, with a plain cabinet hanging above the toilet. It was never super functional for us (and we hated the look) so we decided to do something about it.

I started by removing the cabinet and patching the wall. Then, I measured and marked the places where I wanted the brackets for my shelves to go. You can see all of the details on how I planned it on the full blog post, but you'll install two brackets per shelf by simply drilling them into the wall. If you aren't drilling directly into studs, be sure to use an anchor!

Once my brackets were installed, I took a piece of 2X12 pine and cut it down to the length of shelf I wanted. After cutting, I thoroughly sanded the shelves so that they were completely smooth.

I stained each shelf and allowed it to dry thoroughly.

Then, I attached the shelves to the brackets by drilling into them from underneath. Then, I filled up the shelves!

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  • Tracy Tracy on Feb 16, 2019

    I absolutely hate to use "L" bracket type shelves due to the cumbersome of attaching it. It's either attach shelf to bracket and then to the wall, or attach brackets to wall and then attach the shelf. Any tips to make it not so clumbsy?

  • Kati Heintzman Kati Heintzman on Oct 10, 2019

    I love your floor tiles. If you did them, where did they come from?


  • Tiaja Fletcher Tiaja Fletcher on Nov 03, 2019

    How to put in a medicine cabinet in bathroom?

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  • Kba49787460 Kba49787460 on Dec 26, 2020

    Nice. I copy this for my kitchen. I did not think about

    doing this myself but now I can, and save a lot of money.

  • Patty Patty on Dec 26, 2020

    You did a good job. Looks much better and open.

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